Saturday, December 3, 2016
You need to be afraid...
Listening to NPR interview a gentleman who had written a column for the San Francisco Gate for thirty-five years. He wrote a column three days a week. Many times he stared at the screen with a two-hour deadline, but he was good. One comment he made was "If you have never been scared in your job you are probably in the wrong job." During the gig I have to admit I was never scared. I was methodical, thorough and competent. There were indicators that it was not as challenging as I wished.
Facing the unknown is OK. We need to have more of a challenge than just the unknown. If you've worked through every scenario on every big project you're good. We need the unexpected. Since leaving the gig I've challenged myself many times. Today I took on a project I'd never done. Going into it confidently I left feeling damn good. All the right tools accompanied me and there was only one predicted trip to the hardware store. It's four hours later and I am afraid that I might have missed one component. It's sort of like losing one lug nut on a six hole rim...a little bit scary; that's good.
Posted by Art at 8:12 PM